The Nissan Juke is one of the more recognisable models in the Nissan stable, thanks to its distinctive moon buggy design, and even with the existence of the more conventional Kicks – which has replaced the Juke in markets like the United States – the company has apparently seen fit to develop a next-generation model.

According to Auto Express, the new B-segment crossover is set to be unveiled in the summer of next year, although it was originally supposed to debut last September. That’s quite a big gap, ostensibly so that the new March could be fast-tracked to production after a lukewarm response from European customers to its predecessor. However, we’re pretty sure that Nissan’s ongoing issues, which range from a quality control scandal to the ousting of longtime chairman Carlos Ghosn, could have something to do with it as well.

Still, this means that the Juke will have plenty of time to inherit the brand’s latest engines and technologies. Firstly, it will be built on the same Common Modular Platform B (CMF-B) as the March, finally moving away from the ancient B0 platform that dates back to the earliest days of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

The next Nissan Juke is expected to be based on the latest March/Micra hatchback,
with the same platform, engines and technologies

It is also expected to receive its sibling’s engines, including a 0.9 litre turbocharged and 1.0 litre naturally-aspirated three-cylinder petrol engines, as well as a 1.5 litre four-pot turbodiesel. As with the outgoing Juke, the new model lineup is expected to be topped by a 1.6 litre turbo petrol mill with around 190 hp.

As for the design, Nissan will be keen not to mess with a winning formula – which is to say that it will be just as irreverent as before. The company’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura said that the new car will be “edgy and less mainstream,” but remain recognisably a Juke, adding the latest Nissan “V-motion” face to trademark styling cues such as the now incredibly trendy split headlights and chunky wheel arches.

Meanwhile, a longer wheelbase is expected to provide passengers with increased rear legroom, while the interior should follow the template set by the new March. This includes a greater use of soft-touch plastics, higher-quality fabrics and materials, an improved infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and an even wider range of personalisation options.

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